James Taylor Finally Scores His First No.1 Album Almost Half-a-Century After His Debut

I need this album.


Forty-five years, five Grammy awards and over a dozen albums after his Billboard debut, James Taylor finally has a chart-topping compilation. The iconic singer-songwriter’s latest album, Before This World, hit number one on the Billboard 200 chart dated July 4 after being released on June 16.

According to Billboard, the 67-year-old musician’s latest album sold 96,000 copies in its debut week — his best since his previous studio album, October Road, sold 154,000 copies in 2002 to reach number four in the charts.

The almost half-century gap between Taylor’s latest album and his arrival on the list with Sweet Baby James in 1970 surpassed the 43-year-wait endured by rock band Black Sabbath for the same milestone. Taylor’s ordeal is now second only to that of Tony Bennett, who got his first number one album in 2011, 54 years after his debut.


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